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message 1: by Matt (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:01AM) (new)

Matt | 2 comments Mod
I'm the self-professed 2nd biggest Chuck fan ever. My friend Dave wrote him a letter, left it in a Portland bookstore and was sent a package containing fake vomit and other goodness from the man. I guess he gets the #1 spot.

My favorite Chuck novel is Survivor, but I love them all except Diary A Novel.

How about you?


message 2: by C. Michael (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:01AM) (new)

C. Michael (cmichaelpalermo) | 1 comments fake puke...that's great. i really liked invisible monsters.


message 3: by NumberLord (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:03AM) (new)

NumberLord | 2 comments Okay, I read "Haunted" (liked it) and then I read "Lullaby" (really really liked it). So which one should I read next?


message 4: by Matt (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:03AM) (new)

Matt | 2 comments Mod
Choke, mos def.


message 5: by NumberLord (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:04AM) (new)

NumberLord | 2 comments Cool, I'm on it like chicken on a bus!
That was the one that I had in mind.


message 6: by Ryan (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:09AM) (new)

Ryan (matinee) | 1 comments I was at a Chuck reading/signing in Toronto last night and it was a ton of fun. Had to wait 2.5 hours to get my copy of "Rant" signed, but when you're waiting with a few friends it doesn't feel so long.


message 7: by Ali (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:14AM) (new)

Ali | 2 comments I just finished Survivor. Now I am onto Haunted. i read the authors note at the end of the book before starting the story named Guts and can fully imagine why so many people fainted at the point of reading "corn and peanuts". Thoroughly disgusting! But such a good story.


message 8: by Kelly (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:15AM) (new)

Kelly | 12 comments I loved Survivor, it was my favorite so far! I just picked up Rant from audible to listen to today at work.


message 9: by Ali (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:16AM) (new)

Ali | 2 comments Ok I'm feeling a little let down by Haunted. I'm sure it'll get better. But I feel like chuck acted like an eager 16 year-old, blowing his wad too early with the story Guts and now I'm just flipping pages waiting for him to get it up again. Please tell me I'm going to get off by this book, I can't imagine that Chuck will let me down! ;)


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Just got done reading survivor, my first chuck book. i was blown away. it was a great find. i guess i'll go for choke next, unless somebody else has a different recommendation.


message 11: by Juli (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:18AM) (new)

Juli | 3 comments awww - do I stand alone in really LIKING Diary? Cause I really really did - I thought he put a lot of care into tying together all of the strings in that one.
I haven't read several of the more recent offerings (i just started law school last year and my fun reading is limited), but lullabye was fantastic, i adored invisible monsters, and how can you go wrong with Fight Club?


message 12: by Selena (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM) (new)

Selena (selenacurrently) you don't stand alone: i loved diary. it had a good story behind it and it was really well written. i'm not exactly sure why people like that one the least out of all of his books... personal preferences?


message 13: by Kelly (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM) (new)

Kelly | 12 comments I just picked up Diary from the library last night, so I will get back to you... I hate to do it, but if I had to pick a least favorite I would say Choke. I still liked it, but not as much as Survivor which I have added to my top ten, (and I read A LOT of books :^)


message 14: by Jennifer (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:58AM) (new)

Jennifer | 3 comments Invisible Monsters. Didn't like Diary either, but I think he should get kudos anyway for being a male author trying (with general success) to write from the viewpoint of a tortured middle-aged woman. It still got my attention without the usual (let's face it) sex and grime thrown in.


message 15: by Leslie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:08PM) (new)

Leslie (alabamagrrl) | 2 comments Invisible Monsters was way twisted, especially at the end.

My favorite book is Choke, which I picked up as a whim on audio. I've been hooked ever since.


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

Although it might not be the popular choice, my favorite is Diary. Admittedly, I haven't read all of his books yet.


message 17: by Lisa (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:55PM) (new)

Lisa | 2 comments My Favorite is Invisible Monsters, I also like Fugitives and Refugees:a walk in portland but I live in portland so I had to read it. Though Diary is not the best, in my opinion Lullaby was the least engaging.


message 18: by Kenny (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:06PM) (new)

Kenny | 2 comments My favorite so far is tough to choose. It's either "Survivor" or "Choke". I haven't read "Diary" or "Rant" yet and am currently working on "Stranger than Fiction". Least Favorite was definitely "Invisible Monsters". It was amusing and all, but compared with his other work, was a bit of a let down for me.


message 19: by Richard (new)

Richard | 6 comments The early Chuck books "IM, FC, C, S" all have the big "A HA" moment to them that I love. Not so much Survivor, but it seems so much like Fight Club to me. The subsequent books, from my view, seem to be an attempt to not be so gimmick based, but more mainstream literature. Consequently, they seem less focused to me. Particularly, "Haunted" was a victim of this. I am in the process of reading "Rant" so we'll see if he can draw it back to something that is not so one-trick-pony and not so all-over-the-place. I will be starting another thread, "Top five Chuck Books."


message 20: by Kelly (new)

Kelly | 12 comments I agree with Richard, I have been having a really hard time with Rant, I've tried getting through it a couple times now and getting bored and moving on to something else. Not enough focus.

I just picked up the documentary about CP from his website. I am very excited to watch it this weekend!

I read Diary though and loved it I know it got some bad feedback early in the discussion. I have a lot of artists for friends and maybe that's why I received more personal enjoyment from Diary than some of the other readers.


message 21: by Elli Jo (new)

Elli Jo (ElliJo) | 5 comments Choke and Survivor are AMAZING!

I have read Fight Club and Rant as well. I need to know what would be a good one to start next. I want to pick up Snuf but I haven't really heard too many good things.


message 22: by Kelly (last edited Jun 25, 2008 05:54AM) (new)

Kelly | 12 comments I loved Snuff, it's a lot to take in; I listened to the audio book and I felt dirty out in public listening to it... lol. They gym, work, etc.

I didn't care for Rant for the same reason a lot of people might not like Snuff. It made me uncomfortable, all the bodily function talk, but I think that was just me. I'm not a huge porn person either, but it doesn't bother me, I know enough about it that I still found the book interesting.

Diary gets bad billing too, and I loved that one! Check that one out too.

They are both goodreads!


message 23: by Kelly (new)

Kelly | 12 comments Oh yeah, and Survivor.. by far my favorite Chuck book!!!!


message 24: by Juli (new)

Juli | 3 comments I'm very interested in seeing the movie, even though i haven't read the book yet.
To my taste, i thought Rant was a weak offering. And the patented Palahniuk twist fell totally flat here. I did not care about time travel, and i was unmoved overall.
I have higher hopes for SNUFF. We shall see!


message 25: by Natasha (new)

Natasha (natushka) My favorite was by far Choke. I also really liked Diary, but I think part of it was how interesting it was to see Palahniuk's wry voice coming from a female character. A close second to Choke is Fight Club, which is definitely where it all started for me.


message 26: by Kay (new)

Kay Thompson (sopheary) | 2 comments I think that the two books that are in the running for first place are Rant and Invisible Monsters, with Survivor coming in second place.


message 27: by Cassie (new)

Cassie | 4 comments I've read them all and Choke is my favorite. I am re-reading Lullaby right now and then probably on to Invisible Monsters again.



message 28: by Kay (new)

Kay Thompson (sopheary) | 2 comments Cassie wrote: "I've read them all and Choke is my favorite. I am re-reading Lullaby right now and then probably on to Invisible Monsters again.
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Ah, see, Lullaby is next on my list.


message 29: by shana (new)

shana b (missphelps) | 2 comments ahhh I hated Diary. it was such a drag to get through.



I love Haunted a lot though. probably my favorite. I've read all of his books besides Lullaby and I'm right now on Stranger Than Fiction - kind of not the best... but it's nonfiction. what can you expect!?



I can't wait for PYGMY. Mhhhhmmmmmmm. :D

and sometrhing I wanna comment about - a lot of people LOVELOVELOVE Invisible Monsters. Why? it was good... just not worth all the fuss.



message 30: by Stephanie (last edited Apr 21, 2009 02:03PM) (new)

Stephanie (littletiern) i wasn't really sure where to leave this post...has anyone read the latest interview with chuck in playboy? i thought his responses were great (of course) but the questions seemed a bit lacking. the interviewer beat fight club like the dead horse that it is. sorry, i love the book but would have liked to hear something other than "does it bother you people get hurt in real life fight clubs?" (not a direct quote, but close. among other uncreative questions) further in the interview chuck opens up about his father's murder. i had no idea his father watched his father murder his mother from under a bed then kill himself!!! then the poor guy gets murdered too! crazy. anyhoo...the interview is definitely worth a read, and of course the nakey ladies among the pages don't hurt either.


message 31: by Jo (new)

Jo I just finished reading Invisable monsters which was my first chuck book and i loved it. I love the way he starts from near the end and explains it all in fragments. I totally wasnt expecting the ending to be like that but i love that it wasnt predictable. I am goin to buy more of his books cos i think hes great


message 32: by Jo (new)

Jo Yeah i think his writing is great. I have lulluby to read next is it a good one?


message 33: by Mike (new)

Mike Kamm | 1 comments Jo wrote: "Yeah i think his writing is great. I have lulluby to read next is it a good one?"

Lullaby is GREAT! Second only to Survivor and Choke for sheer greatness and twisted plot lines. My favorite Chuck characters still live in Invisible Monsters though!


And the book with the best character NAMES? Rant. Shot Dunyun? Tina Something? Echo Lawrence? Brilliant.



message 34: by Jo (new)

Jo Good glad to here it its about 3rd on my tbr list i think but i have been reading quite fast lately. I loved invisable monsters and the characters i loved the twists in it too :)


message 35: by J.W. (new)

J.W. (interalia626) | 4 comments My Chuck experience so far (in order of favorite down):

1. Fight Club
2. Survivor
3. Rant
4. Haunted

So far Chuck Palahniuk seems to me like the Nas of authors, bursting onto the scene with a brilliant release, then putting out subsequent material which is good, but can't quite match that first work of greatness.


message 36: by J.W. (new)

J.W. (interalia626) | 4 comments My Chuck experience so far (in order of favorite down):

1. Fight Club
2. Survivor
3. Rant
4. Haunted

So far Chuck Palahniuk seems to me like the Nas of authors, bursting onto the scene with a brilliant release, then putting out subsequent material which is good, but can't quite match that first work of greatness.


message 37: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Sheffield Ali wrote: "Ok I'm feeling a little let down by Haunted. I'm sure it'll get better. But I feel like chuck acted like an eager 16 year-old, blowing his wad too early with the story Guts and now I'm just flippin..."

the book has its ups and downs, i am just about finished, and it seems like every 3rd story really hits the mark. i agree with you about opening with Guts, there is no real coming back from a start like that. hey, they can't all be magic


message 38: by Atlas (new)

Atlas (boxofpearls) | 4 comments I love all of his books equally. But for some odd reason I liked Lullabye and Rant the most and I want to read his two new ones from a while ago that I never read. I hope to read them someday.


message 39: by Ethan (new)

Ethan (eets80) | 3 comments Well, there's a perfectly reasonable explaination for that... Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey was awesome.


message 40: by Eilish (new)

Eilish | 1 comments I Loved Diary after Invisable Monsters it's my favorite.
It's almost more subtle than the others if you think about it. It take awhile to get going but in the end every mundane detail that was mentioned all snaps into place i loved it


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